Blogging is becoming increasingly popular. Today you can find blogs on everything from education to cats. So it was imminent that it would infiltrate the classroom. Blogging can be beneficial in many ways by helping students work on their writing skills. Like Jordi mentioned in the first class, nothing that is worth reading is only going to be read by one person. It encourages competition within the students to perform their best work, as they know their peers will be reading. Also with commenting available they will be able to critique each other’s work and learn from each other’s mistakes. It can lead to a better learning environment as conversations can spark new ideas. By schools accepting social media it opens a new venue for which learning can be encouraged outside the classroom.
Negatively it does make it easier for students to not do the proper research. Students with their peers writing assignment right in front of them may pick parts from everyone else’s paper and create their paper without doing the research.
If the school used a public blog like WordPress it creates a public portfolio of your works. Depending on how well you write it could be beneficial, as it gives universities a new criterion for the application process. Universities might instead of having essays, insist students submit their best two or three works. If you aren’t a strong writer it could also negatively affect you, as your work are all public. Also a question for high school students is maturity, and if an individual writes a negative post it could remain on the Internet forever, which isn’t something a high school student is thinking about when they are writing.
I believe that blogging is definitely a positive for schools as it encourages a public forum for writing. It also encourages the writer to perform their best as your peers view it. It will be interesting to see how blogging is integrated in our futures.